How to comply with REACH chemical regulations

Preparations Government has made to support the chemicals sector in preparing for Brexit on 31 October 2019.

The following list details the suite of written guidance the Government has produced:

  • REACH no deal guidance
  • REACH deal guidance
  • Chemicals Sector Brexit page
  • Chemicals REACH guidance
  • Import/ export chemicals process map

All these materials can be accessed via the Gov.UK REACH Guidance page. Developments in additional products to help businesses prepare for Brexit are underway. They will be shared shortly for all ALFED members.

Statutory Instruments (SIs) laid to amend the REACH etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

  1. Amending SI 1: OR Notification:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        An amendment to was laid to account for downstream users of ‘third country’ registrations held by EU based Only Representatives. Only Representatives (ORs) representing EU or third country importers to UK REACH will now benefit from these measures and be able to notify continued use of a substance on behalf of their downstream users.  These ORs must be UK based.

The amending SI and explanatory notes are available here

  1. Amending SI 2: ‘in-flight’ Authorisations:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Under a ‘no-deal’ scenario, there may be applications for authorisation for SVHCs which will not have been formally agreed by ECHA and the EU Commission at the point of exit. Previously, where the latest application date (LAD) or sunset date for a substance passes before exit day, use of the substance in the UK would have to cease from exit day. The amendment ensures that authorisation applications that fall into this situation will have their LAD and sunset date moved automatically to 18 months after our day of exit from the EU. Those wishing to continue using such substances after that point must submit a new Authorisation application to the HSE.

The amending SI and explanatory notes are available here.

ASI News – September 2019

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative

In the September edition of the ASI Newsletter

  • New ASI government Handbook V2
  • ASI 100 members
  • ASI Independent Director appointment
  • ASI Certificate update
  • educationAl Webinars
  • ASI Membership news

September ASI news

‘Tit for tat’ tariffs – get up to speed with what’s moving markets

Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day

Get up to speed with what’s moving markets and check out the story from Bloomberg regarding tariffs.

Bloomberg- tariffs

GS1 and DIT press release

GS1 UK made strategic partner by the Department for International Trade’s Exporting is GREAT campaign London

The Department for International Trade (DIT) today announced that trusted barcode issuer and global supply chain standards body GS1 UK has been made a strategic partner of the award-winning Exporting is GREAT campaign.

The aim of the partnership is to accelerate growth among British businesses and will include:

  • Joint research and insight sharing to identify UK businesses who are considering exporting or are ready to export to international markets
  • Joint digital initiatives to drive traffic to the government’s hub for international trade advice
  • Joint export events across the UK to promote international trade
  • Collaborating to develop potential products and services to support UK businesses to prosper internationally

GS1 UK helps businesses grow through standardising their supply chain processes, allowing them to export internationally. Ranging from product barcodes to patient wristbands, GS1 UK helps companies increase their visibility, grow their networks by guiding them towards the right barcode identifiers and product information and connect them with multinationals and market opportunities.

Gary Lynch, chief executive officer of GS1 UK, said:

“We share DIT’s desire to support and showcase innovative British businesses and there is a natural synergy in what we both do. Demand for British products remains high around the world and we want to help give companies the leg-up they need to take advantage of the wealth of opportunities internationally.

“We are proud to be part of DIT’s Exporting is GREAT campaign and that they recognise us a key conduit to international trade. We look forward to continuing to bang the drum at home and abroad that Britain is very much open for business.”

The supply chain standards organisation has long supported the UK government department’s work, following signing an official memorandum of understanding (MOU) in December 2017 to formalise the collaboration. The partnership comes as the campaign steps up its ambition to create an exporting movement that encourages and informs UK businesses to take advantage of international export opportunities in order to accelerate scale-up growth.

Conrad Bird, Director of Campaigns and Marketing at DIT, said:

“We are proud and delighted to be working with GS1 as a strategic partner for our exporting campaign. They, like the Department for International Trade, are fully committed to supporting UK exporters and we look forward to seeing this partnership grow over the coming months.”

The campaign puts real exporters at the heart of its messaging by building an Export Champion Community, over 1,300 businesses that feature in the campaign’s advertising, PR and social media content and form a nationwide network to advise SME’s and lead by example.

More than a quarter of the Export Champion Community are currently GS1 UK members. Exporters can join the community by visiting

GS1 UK itself has more than 39,000 members across more than 25 sectors, of which 95% of these members are small and medium businesses. 

Chris Lilley, Managing Director of GS1 UK member Lilley’s Cider, said:

“As consumer demand for our products has grown, we’ve realised the importance of being able to supply companies with a globally recognised system. Introducing GS1 barcodes has allowed us to trade on a larger scale, enabling us to supply major companies that rely on future-proof systems.

“The combination of GS1’s global barcodes and the support provided by DIT has facilitated Lilley’s successful expansion and the business now exports to Europe and beyond. Recent introductions effected by GS1 UK following an event in the Czech Republic initiated discussions with potential buyers as well as the British Chamber of Commerce in Prague.

“This demonstrates the cohesion of GS1 and DIT’s partnership which, from first-hand experience, I know can be utilised by SMEs looking for support and advice.”

The not-for-profit organisation’s recent Buying British report found that domestic entrepreneurialism continues to flourish, with 84% of new joiners in 2018 coming from the SME subset.


About GS1 UK

GS1 UK is just one of 114 neutral and independent GS1 organisations operating worldwide. From product barcodes to patient wristbands, GS1 standards have been transforming the way we work and live for more than 40 years.

Whether online, in store or in a hospital, the common language of GS1 global standards is helping our community of more than 39,000 organisations across Britain to uniquely identify, describe and track anything, creating greater trust in data for everyone.


About the Department for International Trade (DIT)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) acts to secure UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment, and championing free trade.

As an international economic department, the DIT are responsible for:

  • bringing together policy, promotion and financial expertise to break down barriers to trade and investment, and help businesses succeed
  • delivering a new trade policy framework for the UK as we leave the EU
  • promoting British trade and investment across the world
  • building the global appetite for British goods and services

Exporting is GREAT – the UK Government’s most ambitious export-focused marketing campaign ever – aims to build a nationwide movement of companies selling their products and services overseas. The campaign, led by the Department for International Trade (DIT), aligns with the Government’s Export Strategy which sets an ambition to grow the UK’s overseas sales as a share of GDP from 30% to 35% by:

  • encouraging and inspiring businesses that can export but don’t or are just beginning,
  • informing businesses; helping them access the right information, advice and practical assistance,
  • connecting businesses to overseas buyers, markets and each other, and
  • ensuring no viable export fails for lack of finance or insurance from the private sector.

The Exporting is GREAT campaign supports this ambition by focusing its objectives on increasing the number of companies that: believe they can export, know where to go for export support, take action towards exporting, and intend to start (or have started) exporting. It acts on DIT insight and aims to change companies’ export-related attitudes and behaviours by sharing informative, practical and inspirational content, via a wide range of integrated channels.


Annual Dinner & Member’s Business Briefing 2019

A fantastic Annual Dinner & Member’s Business Briefing, the new venue was certainly a hit!

DIT Brexit Readiness Event/Gulf Roadshow

DIT Brexit Readiness Event/Gulf Roadshow

Events that may be of interest to our members

  • DIT’s Brexit-readiness events for exporters – Starting earlier this week, there are 100 events around England covering topics such as the impact to supply chains, changes to regulations and contracts, where to find tariff information, and what companies might need to speak to customers/employees about. Attendees will leave the event with a personalised plan of actions to take to prepare for Brexit. (BEIS are holding similar events, but they are not targeted specifically at exporters (although exporting is covered). They take place across the UK. Find out more here.)
  • DIT Gulf Roadshow – Taking place from 14 to 17 October in Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and London, the roadshow is aimed at experienced exporters in education/training, healthcare, life sciences, infrastructure, creative industries and tech. Senior experts from Gulf Cooperation Council markets will share their experience and insight into winning business in the region.

Registration/contact details are included on the relevant webpages.  If you have any questions regarding the Exporting is GREAT campaign in general, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

How to comply with REACH chemical regulations

How to comply with REACH chemical regulations

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How to comply with the EU’s REACH chemical regulations when you’re using, making, selling or importing chemicals in the EU, and how to prepare for a no deal Brexit.

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EU Settlement Scheme Toolkit and BEIS Brexit Readiness Roadshows

EU Settlement Scheme Toolkit and BEIS Brexit Readiness Roadshows

The Home Office’s EU Settlement Scheme Employer Toolkit is at

BEIS is running a sequence of Brexit Readiness Roadshows – this will be a moving target to some extent as events will be added and removed as time goes on so it’s worth checking more than once if you’re interested either for yourselves or your members – the site is

BEIS are also happy to cohost events with member TAs or run co-hosted webinars/similar.  If that’s something you would like to do please contact and he will steer you appropriately.

Join event to get your business up and running in the US

The hassle free way to land and expand in the US!
26th September – Birmingham

Join us on Thursday 26th September in Birmingham at this intensive seminar, supported by the Department for International Trade, designed to help ambitious UK companies make the transition to the largest economic market on the planet…
Have you considered launching your business in the US? This event offers key market insights and expert advice on how to get started, including all of the planning, legal and hiring issues which you’ll need to be ready for.

Why you can’t miss this event:
• Critical insights & trends from market experts to avoid common pitfalls
• Real-world advice from companies that made it big in the US
• The need to know steps to create a US legal entity
• Advice on recruiting employees and potential hiring issues
• Learn about banking, taxes and selecting the right US city for you
• Find out how the Department for International Trade (DIT) can help your business land and *expand in the US
• And much more!

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Thursday 26 September 2019
09:00 – 13:00
in Birmingham, UK
Cost: £35 (incl VAT)

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The opportunities for ambitious UK businesses in the US are endless. We hope you can join us to explore the potential for your company!

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